From Basket to Bowl: A Halloween Makeover!


As a blogger who focuses on upcycling thrifted and vintage treasures, I have a special affinity for Halloween and Autumn… for some reason, upcycling and Fall just seem to go hand-in-hand!

During a recent trip to my local Goodwill store, I was brainstorming some new Halloween project ideas. I happened to be passing the basket section when I saw this perfect little white wicker basket. Read More >

Fall Into Kitchen Organization with The Goodies

I don’t know about you, but I have the hardest time keeping my kitchen organized.  Sometimes I have to stop and set aside a few hours to get it back in order. I’m pretty sure it has something to do with the fact that my husband and I are seemingly addicted to condiments and pint glasses for one.

The rest of it has to do with having a small space to store things but sometimes you’ve got to make do with what you have, which is why I rely on implementing organization tips regularly to keep everything accessible and from expiring before its time to keeping your pots with their lids.

Knowing what all you have as far as edibles and cookware goes saves a lot of money because according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, over 40% of food is wasted. That’s a lot of food…and money!.

We’ve probably got you ready to roll up your sleeves and ready to reduce the potential food waste in your own home. Along with having your ingredients easily accessible, having the right cookware at hand is just as important in reducing food waste. If the right saute pan is in the front of the cabinet instead of in the back under a mountain of lids, you’ll be more likely to pull it out and cook the produce waiting patiently in the fridge instead of ordering takeout again.

Even though we all know basic organization principles, sometimes it’s nice to have a reference to look at, a guide or a checklist so that it feels like we’re accomplishing something. Feel free to print out this Goodie that showcases ten tips to get the kitchen organized, from wiping to bursting free from the house afterwards to donate your goods to a food bank and local Goodwill store.



It’s all a part of The Goodies, Goodwill Industries of Upstate/Midlands SC’s downloadable content series that can help you declutter and DIY your way to a more inspired life. Whether you need a guide to streamlining your style or just cleaning out your drawers, our fresh features are sure to inform and delight.

The Endless Possibilities of Brass Candlesticks

There is a lot of stuff at your local Goodwill. Good stuff for you and good stuff for someone else. Stuff you may need and stuff you probably don’t need. Either way you look at it, Goodwill has a lot of stuff. Since I have moved my work into a studio and have started hosting parties and other events, I have been collecting props to use rather than renting them each time I needed them.

One of the things I have been collecting every chance I get (or when I can remember) are brass candlesticks.

I love them, just the way they are.


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Snag Summer Vegetables Before They’re Gone


One of my favorite things about living in South Carolina is the extended produce season. We can have cherry tomatoes in late October, even November, no prob! And as a final celebration of summer produce I often go a little crazy with overloading on it before it turns into a shadow of itself in the form of sad, watery, boxed tomatoes from South America that are more well-traveled than I.

Tabbouleh (also spelled tabouli) is a Middle Eastern dish that is bursting with summer flavors of tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, cilantro, parsley, and lemon with couscous as a base. Some people use French couscous which are the smaller grains, but I prefer the toothier feel of Israeli couscous, which are little orbs of pasta that cook quickly and absorb the lemon-olive oil dressing well. Read More >

DIY Photo Light Box

I was in need of a photo light box.

Getting the white boards would be easy (and inexpensive) but finding the right lamp would be the issue. Since I wanted to keep this project cost-friendly, I headed to Goodwill. With this trip I decided to head to my favorite Goodwill Store. It had been a while since I visited that location and as I walked towards the electronics aisle the light shined down on me (ha!).



There were several lamp options but I got the exact one I wanted. All the tutorials I’ve read suggested to use a lamp that can be clipped anywhere for more versatility. Needless to say, it quickly went into the cart. Read More >